This video showing the manufacturing and tuning of a handpan/Hang is a bit off
topic for the Pan Page, but is shows some interesting tools and techniques that
can be of interest to a pan tuner wanting to develop the craft. It contains a
bit of discussion of the acoustics of the notes of the handpan and even
a sequence where they try to tune a frying pan!
Birdsong Steel Orchestra announces its
International Panorama Project 2020.
International Panists are invited to take advantage of a unique opportunity to
experience performing at the National Panorama Competition with a 120 piece
steelband under the musical direction of multiple Champion Panorama arranger
and Grammy award winner Robert Greenidge.
Trinidad and Tobago newssite
NEWSDAY reports that Pan Trinbago has announced
sweeping changes to the format of Panorama 2020.
The new schedule will allow Pan Trinbago to spread out Panorama events and
actually it is starting right now with
single pan band category competition being held in November 2019.
With ‘Secrets of the Steelpan – Unlocking the Secrets of the Science, Technology,
Tuning and Operation of the Steelpan’ Dr. Anthony Achong is presenting
a summary of his extensive studies on the steelpan.
This is how the publisher Xlibris US describes the book:
This book describes a truly remarkable musical instrument o the Steelpan (Pan)
o a melodic percussion instrument that produces tones of immense beauty.
This instrument is the National Instrument of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
The concepts, the ideas, the theories, the physics and the mathematics contained
in this book are the answers to the question the author asked himself as a little
boy peering over the face of a ping pong steelpan, "how does it work?"
Revealed, are the subtleties and secrets of the instrument's operation,
its laws, its construction and details of its tuning.
Contained herein is the information sought by pan musicians,
pan makers, panists, pan researchers and pan lovers - nothing is left out.
The rigor of the analytical methods of this book matches,
in depth and intensity, the expert craftsmanship of the
Master Pan Maker and Tuner.
There is a unifying force within this book that combines the stick-note impacts
to the panist's creativity in his production of musical tones.
This book doesn't dodge the difficult questions;
it ends with a chapter on the exotic non-musical features of the steelpan.
A full-length film (1h 15 mins) presenting the story of
a retired doctor sailing in the West Indies, who discovers the origins of
the steel pan. Contains some interesting information regarding the building of pans
and their history.
Kevin Martin, musician and instructor, has a passion. For years, he has been
studying, performing with, composing for, and building the only instrument
created in the 20th century: the steel drum. Kevin's talk and performance gives
us insight into the social history, the musical potential, and the future of this
melodic, percussive instrument.
The E-Pan is invented and sold by NAPE – New Advanced Product Evolution Inc.
This is how NAPE presents the E-Pan:
The E-Pan name is the abbreviated short form chosen for the electronic steelpan.
This novel idea was created
using high-tech electronics to advance the invention of the traditional instrument.
In the early 1940s, Kim Loy Wong was a member of the first teenage steelband
in Trinidad, East Side Kids.
He later moved on to other steelbands before starting the HiLanders in the 1950s.
In 1956, while with the HiLanders, he was approached by famous US folklore singer,
Peter Seeger, who was interested in how the steelpan was made.
[Information about Kim Loy Wong supplied by
"Best of Trinidad".]
Smithsonian Folklife Festival has published a
where pan pioneer Ellie Mannette presents his involvement in the beginnings of pan.
Ellie Mannette, born in Trinidad in 1927, is considered
"the father of the modern steel drum."
Mannette worked for 75 years to develop and popularize the steel drum,
creating seven of the ten instruments used in steel drum bands today.
Videography by Charles Weber, John Wetmore, Marinna Guzy, Michael Headley, Andrea Curran.
Edited by Julia Narrow.
Published on YouTube 19 Apr 2013
The MIC Institute of Technology (MIC-IT) has launched a customised
steelpan manufacturing programme at its head office in Macoya.
This customized programme is the result of a Memorandum of Agreement
signed in July, between MIC-IT and the National Gas Company (NGC)
to benefit sponsored steel band members.
Pan Magazine was founded in May 2014 by Ted Goslin, based out of Long Beach, Calif. The site was established to help provide news and thoughts from the most knowledgeable people in the global steelpan community.
A companion to the author’s earlier volume Jamaican Popular Music, this landmark new work helps fill a major gap
in the reference literature. For the first time ever it offers students and researchers an in-depth guide to the
large body of materials available on masquerade and popular music traditions of the English-speaking Caribbean.
Comprised of some 3400 annotated entries it documents a literature, both popular and scholarly,
that now spans more than 85 years and ranges across disciplines as diverse as social and cultural history,
anthropology, ethnomusicology, literature and economics.
The book’s main focus is on three tightly intertwined topics—Carnival,
calypso and steel pan—and how each has evolved, both inside of Trinidad, their most important hub,
and abroad in the large West Indian enclaves of New York, London and Toronto.
Citations span from 1852 to 2012, with the bulk having been published between the 1930s and 2012.
Caprice Records presents a new album from Rudy Smith - What Pan did for me
This is hot news for us people engaged in steelpan in the Nordic countries:
A new historical album from our mentor, arranger and tuner Rudy Smith!
This is how Caprice Records presents the album in the press release:
Rudy "Twoleft" Smith is a legendary person in the world of steel pan and steelband.
This album offers samples of his many musical faces: the pan man, the jazz musician, the arranger, the pan tuner,
the tune smith...
Rudy's life covers most of the development of steel pan as a tuned musical instrument.
The tuned steel pan was born in the mid-1940s.
The first pans were made from biscuit tins and other metal containers and had only a few notes.
These kind of steel pans were the first ones Rudy made and played as a very young boy.
During the period 1945-55 the steel pan was gradually transformed into a set of instruments from treble to bass
made from 55 gallon oil drums.
This transformation involved an amazing and massive inventive development work involving experiments by many men
in the yards of Trinidad. The orchestra made up of steel pans became known as steelband.
The original function of steelbands was to provide music for the masqueraders in the famous Trinidad carnival.
The bands played the Trinidad calypso music. But very soon other kinds of music were played by the steelbands.
The U.S. had both a naval base and an air base in Trinidad.
The G.I. audience was a different one than the local audience.
And they could pay. When the “Yankees” gradually left in the late 1950s the steelbands had to look for new markets.
As a teenager Rudy started to travel with the band Merrymakers, taking steelband to Europe in the wake of the 1950s
Rudy describes Europe at the time and the working conditions from the perspective of the travelling "exotic"
Caribbean musician. He meets jazz music in Europe and becomes a master jazz musician. After a decade on the road
Rudy settles in Scandinavia.
He plays jazz and fusion music with his own groups and in other constellations in clubs and festivals all over Europe,
North America and the Caribbean.
He becomes the hub of a growing steelband movement in Northern Europe as arranger, advisor,
provider of instruments etc. He is also called back to Trinidad to become a top arranger for the pre-carnival
steelband competition Panorama.
Rudy has played with most of the great pioneers and masters of steel pan as well as with jazz greats.
As an arranger, steel pan maker and mentor he has been the foundation of steelband activities in Northern Europe.
But first and foremost he is a great musician.
This is how she describes the site:
Got questions about the steel pan (steel drums)?
Or are you just curious about this new and innovative instrument?
Steelpan-steeldrums-information.com is your one-stop resource for tips and information
on how to play the steel pans, its history, how they are made and much more!
Borregaard has made som very nice solo recordings of Bach sonatas on
his alto (double tenor) pan, tuned by Rudy Smith. You may listen to the
recordings on Sune's
and even subscribe to his news feed and podcast, so you get notified when
he issues a new recording. Enjoy!
This instrument, a 20th century musical wonder, which
was created in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1940s and is claimed to be its
national instrument does not have a hall of fame in the land of its
birth. Therefore, Khalick J. Hewitt have decided to establish The
International Steelband Hall of Fame on an internet site to recognize the
many steelbands, tuners, panists, leaders, pioneers, arrangers, composers
and contributors who have given their talents, skills, creativity, money
and energies to the growth and development of the steelband movement.
"Pan in Education" is a double CD, one with audio
recordings of 13 different bands performing arrangements of Mark Loquan's
music, the other is an interactive data CD with the digital music scores
of the arrangements (combined and by individual pan) which can be
accessed via Finale (2002 & higher), MIDI, or PDF. Brief bios are
also given on each arranger and steelband. Caribbean & Latin rhythms
are also included.
The project is intended to be used by secondary schools and tertiary
level locally and/or internationally, and the arrangements have been
classified and categorized by level of difficulty according to defined
criteria (done by the University of the West Indies, Centre for Creative
& Festival Arts). Read more and order at:
[12 July 2005]
Caribbean Water Music in Norway?
This is Eckhard C. Schulz,
ECS Steeldrums, pan tuner in
Germany. He has manufactured this Steel Pan XXL - THE TWIN
PAN - with a XXL body of tones.
It has a diameter of 1,15 meter, and consists of
25 kg metal! And there's a second one, it is a double set, and therefore
he calls it the Twin-Pan.
Soon he will be heading for Trondheim/Norway with
it. The Twin-Pan will be displayed on top of 4 meter pillars. It will be
played by rhythmical water-jets of some special made nozzles.
The Twin-Pan, created in collaboration with Dr.
Werner Homberg and the University of Dortmund was 4 weeks in the making.
Alone to tune the lowest note Eckhard did spend 4 days, he fixed it 5
times because the metal teared.
No one can stop Ekki, he has more plans in his
sleeves. Next dream is a jumbie pan with a diameter of 3 meters, supposed
to go to Trinidad.